Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is the Bay Area’s creative home for civic action. We believe that culture is an essential catalyst for change, and that it is the responsibility of arts organizations to spur and support societal movement. The YBCA Fellows program brings together creative individuals from across the Bay Area to engage and evolve an existing public-facing artistic project.
How do we uplift and mobilize our public participation?
The new YBCA Fellows cohort will explore such timely issues facing our society as the census and upcoming federal elections, and how to safely participate in democracy while uplifting our collective voices. Each Fellow will deploy art and culture to mobilize and support communities through socially responsible frameworks that provide new possibilities in the public imagination. We are seeking 10 to 15 individuals to join our next Fellows cohort. Priority will be given to individuals working with and centering historically marginalized communities, including but not limited to youth, LGBTQIA, disability justice, immigrants, and seniors.
Who We’re Looking For:
YBCA is interested in working with artists, creatives, and socially inclined individuals who live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are deeply rooted in socially engaged work and community practice. We are looking for those who are currently working with local organizations or community groups and are interested in further materializing an existing project or idea in public space that compels and mobilizes civic participation.
How It Works:
Over the course of 2019–20, monthly meetings will be held at YBCA in which Fellows connect with the larger cohort about their projects, find ways to support each other and serve as mutual resources, and plan how to collectivize individual projects.
Applications will be open August 13 to September 6, 2019. Finalists will be invited for interviews on Thursday, September 19, and Friday, September 20, 2019. The new cohort of YBCA Fellows will be notified of their selection on September 25, 2019.
Fellows will be chosen by a panel of YBCA staff and advisors based on their responses to the application, strength of connections with local organizations and/or community groups, and ability to commit to the entirety of the Fellowship program.
Benefits of Fellowship:
- The opportunity to delve deeply into the intersection of cultural and social responsibility.
- The opportunity to connect and collaborate with a network of Bay Area changemakers.
- A public platform for the presentation of Fellowship projects, as well as production support.
- $1,200 honorarium*
- $3,000 Public Project/Event Stipend
*Full honorarium is dependent on number of attended meetings
- Applicant’s Info
- Bio (200 words)
- Project Proposal (500 words)
- Work Samples (Up to 10 images 10MB each)
- Link to video documentation, if applicable.
(Dates subject to change)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Fellows attend YBCA 100 Summit 11am–3:30 pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Final projects completed by April/May 2020